These 10 books written by Black authors conjure a strongsense of place, celebrate Black voices, and help readers better understand the Black experience. You’ll travel across countries, continents, and time—and expand your worldview in the process.
1. Girl, Woman, Otherby Bernardine Evaristo
Winner of the Booker Prize,女孩，女人，其他captures the complexities of what it means to be a Black woman in modern-day Britain, while masterfully peeling back the curtain on Britain’s colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.
London-based, Anglo-Nigerian writer Bernardine Evaristo is the author of eight books—ranging in genre from poetry to short story to drama to criticism. She is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize.
Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Bolu Babalola also reimagines Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and more, in this series of short stories.Love in Coloris a celebration of romance, filled with micro-stories that travel across perspectives, continents, and genres.
Bolu Babalola is a British author, scriptwriter, and journalist of Nigerian heritage. Her debut novel, Love in Color, is aSunday Timesbestseller.
3.黄色的房子bySarah M. Broom
Winner of the 2019 National Book Award, Sarah M. Broom’s memoir,黄房子, details the story of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of New Orleans.
扫帚是新奥尔良本地人，是一位纽约作家，他的作品出现在New Yorker,《纽约时报》杂志,The Oxford American, ando，《奥普拉》杂志等等。她于2016年获得了Whiting Foundation Creative非小说赠款的授予，并于2011年成为纽约艺术奖学金基金会的决赛入围者。她还在Djerassi居民艺术家计划和MacDowell Colony获得了奖学金。她在2019年获得了国家图书奖。
4. The Vanishing Halfby Brit Bennett
Brit Bennett’s消失的一半提出了一种多代家族传奇,featuring two identical sisters born in the Jim Crow-era South. Bennett explores race and identity in America as she details the sisters’ divergent fates when one sister decides to pass for white.
贝内特是纽约时报- 畅销小说《母亲》；NBCC约翰·伦纳德（John Leonard）最佳第一本书的决赛入围者，笔/罗伯特·W·宾厄姆（Robert W. Bingham）首次小说奖和纽约公共图书馆Young Lions奖；以及35岁以下的国家图书基金会5。
5. My Sister, the Serial Killerby Oyinkan Braithwaite
位于尼日利亚的拉各斯，Oyinkan Braithwaite'sMy Sister, the Serial Killerfollows two women pushing the boundaries of sisterhood—and blurring the lines of morality.
Braithwaite is a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top-ten spoken-word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam, and in 2016 she was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
6. American Spyby Lauren Wilkinson
Inspired by true events, Lauren Wilkinson’s debut novel,American Spy, is the story of FBI agent Marie Mitchell, a young Black woman in an old boys’ club. Bored with pushing papers, she joins a task force aimed at undermining the revolutionary president of Burkina Faso—a decision that will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.
7. The Secret Lives of Church LadiesDeesha Philyaw
Featuring four generations of characters grappling with sexuality, misogyny, hypocrisy—and who they want to be in the world—The Secret Lives of Church Ladiesexplores the multifaceted, contemporary lives of Black women in Appalachia.
Philyaw’s writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in the纽约时报, Washington Post, McSweeney’s, the Rumpus, Brevity, TueNight, and elsewhere. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, she currently lives in Pittsburgh with her daughters.
8. An American Marriageby Tayari Jones
罗伊（Roy）和天体（Roy and Celestial）是一对新南方的黑人夫妇，突然陷入了改变人生的境地：罗伊（Roy）被捕和随后因他没有犯下的罪行而被判入狱。An American Marriagedetails the hardships the couple face while Roy is incarcerated—and the decisions they must contend with upon his release.
Jones is a纽约时报best-selling author of four novels, including An American Marriage, Silver Sparrow, The Untelling, and Leaving Atlanta. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. A winner of numerous literary awards, she is a professor of creative writing at Emory University.
9. Black Girl in Paris由Shay Youngblood
Following in the footsteps of Black artists and authors such as James Baldwin and Langston Hughes, Eden Daniels leaves her home in the American South to follow her dream of achieving artistic freedom in the City of Light.Black Girl in Parisis an essential read for the Francophile, aspiring writer, and anyone in between.
Youngblood is the author of novels, plays, essays, and poetry. Her work has appeared inOprah, Essence, Black Book,andGood Housekeepingmagazines. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pushcart Prize for fiction, a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, several NAACP Theater Awards, an Astraea Writers’ Award for fiction and a New York Foundation for the Arts, Sustained Achievement Award. Her short stories have been performed at Symphony Space and recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts.
10. The Turner Houseby Angela Flournoy
13 children. Five decades.特纳房子阐明了特纳家族和他们的美国梦的兴衰 - 在汽车城的背景下。
Flournoy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Southern California. She has taught writing at various universities and has worked for the D.C. Public Library. She was raised in Southern California by a mother from Los Angeles and a father from Detroit. She was a National Book Award finalist.